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Some people find that their mental health issues may present themselves differently during the winter months. Learning to understand your mental health issues will help you navigate staying healthy. Everyone is on a unique journey, and you will need to explore what works best for you. Work with your therapist or other mental health care provider if you begin to notice that your mental health changes with the seasons. Here are a few suggestions for self-care that you can practice throughout the winter months.

#1. Get Outside

Depending on where you live, the winter months can come with harsh weather. Even if you are in a snowy or cold location, try to get outside and experience the fresh air. Spending time outdoors can help reduce stress and help you to find your center.

#2. Stay Connected

Stay connected with your loved ones. If you experience a shift in your mental health, it can lead to feeling the need to isolate. Winter months can be a challenge for many people because they may spend less time connecting with others. If you are more isolated during the winter than in the warmer months, try to find other ways to connect with your loved ones. Plan time to video chat or make phone calls. Feeling connected to your support system is very important in maintaining your overall well-being.

#3. Explore New Activities

Winter months can change your routines depending on where you live. However, it is essential to continue exploring new activities and find the ones you enjoy. Try to step outside of your comfort zone and push yourself beyond the typical activities that you have done before. You never know when you may discover a new hobby or passion.

#4. Start a Journal

Journaling can be an amazing activity. Keeping a journal can help you monitor your mental health and look for patterns within your behavior. A journal can also be an excellent outlet for your feelings and emotions. Use the space to write about your day, what you are feeling, or what you accomplished.

If you find that your mental health issues change with the seasons, you are not alone. Learning more about your mental health will help you understand what to do to maintain it regardless of the season. You may find that staying connected to your loved ones is beneficial. Other people may find exploring new activities or starting a journal helpful. Here at The Guest House, we understand that everyone is different and will need individual support to reach their goals. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.